By: Sandra Rodriguez, Market Analyst and Ellyn McMullin, Research Associate, Axendia Inc.
One of the basic tenets of investigative reporting is getting to the facts by asking ALL the relevant questions: Who, what, where, when and why? The issues, concerns and proposed solutions surrounding Data Integrity deserve no less a rigorous analysis.
While several articles have been published on data integrity addressing the: who, what, where and when, the most important question is left unanswered. WHY Is Data Integrity the Foundation of Good Science?
Answering who, what, where and when is a mechanical process.
- Create a procedure requiring people to sign-wet or electronic: Who
- Record the data element: What
- Establish the source of the data element: Where
- Record the time: When
The “Why” is the rationale for the procedure: “Data Integrity IS The Foundation of Good Science.”